LA Weekly Cites SC CTSI-Supported Study

USC's Victoria Cortessis and a colleague had found that smoking weed might have a connection to cancer.

December 10, 2013

Note: Researcher Victoria Cortessis has received support from the SC CTSI Clinical Trials Unit and pilot funding from the SC CTSI Research Development program.

The cited SC CTSI-supported study suggested a link between pot smoking and testicular cancer.

A new  study, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical and Developmental Immunology, concludes in a summary that marijuana cannabinoids decreased histological features, which were associated with erectile dysfunction in hypercholesterolemic mice.

Hypercholesterolemia, researchers say, is a "risk factor" in erectile dysfunction, which is mostly about lack of blood flow in key regions; cannabinoids might be able to negate the issue, they suggest. 

These data suggest a potential peripheral mechanism for cannabis-related modulations of sexual function; however, the role of the cannabinoid system on erectile function is still unclear.

Read the full story on LA Weekly

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.